Technical Advisory Board
The Technical Advisory Board provides independent and multi-stakeholder support to the BEPS in Mining Program. Its diverse members ensure a broad base of inputs into program planning and development, the expansion of our capacity building offerings, and building our knowledge products.
Mary Baine is the director of tax programmes at the African Tax Administration Forum. This is an African inter-governmental organization that leads tax administration reform and facilitates peer support among tax administrations in mobilizing greater domestic resources through improved efficiency and effectiveness in their operations. Her work includes the supervision of multiple technical assistance engagements that include, but aren’t limited to, VAT as a flagship tax and multiple country programmes featuring transfer pricing and exchange of information interventions in ATAF’s Technical Assistance Programme. Prior to this assignment, Mary served as the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation of the Republic of Rwanda and as Commissioner-General of the Rwanda Revenue Authority, having grown through the ranks of the different tax departments over a 17-year period.
Ana Bastida specializes in law, policy, governance, and international cooperation on natural resources, with a focus on mining and minerals. She is the author of The Law and Governance of Mining and Minerals: A Global Perspective which explores a sustainability matrix for the study of mining law and engages with Agenda 2030 and the role of minerals in the “just energy transition”. Ana has also worked with many governments, intergovernmental organizations, companies, non-governmental organizations and corporate institutions. She’s also participated in numerous major international initiatives aimed at transforming concepts and practices in the extractive sector.
Thomas Baunsgaard leads the IMF’s tax policy work on extractive industries. He also oversees the multi-donor trust fund on Managing Natural Resource Wealth, which supports capacity building and technical assistance by the IMF in natural-resource-rich developing countries. Thomas has worked at the IMF for 20 years and was previously resident representative in Tanzania and Malawi. Before joining the IMF, he worked as a tax policy advisor in the Internal Revenue Commission in Papua New Guinea and as a country economist in the World Bank’s West Bank and Gaza Office.
William Davis is a senior economist working with the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). He leads various research and capacity building projects in the areas of resource taxation, dependency & diversification, and contributes to NRGI’s work on critical minerals and the Institute’s regional programs in francophone Africa and Latin America.
Before joining NRGI, William was an engagement manager / consultant with the Economist Intelligence Unit’s public policy consulting practice for Asia, working on topics including industrial policy, macroeconomic analysis, and climate change. Prior to that, he worked as an economist with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa for six years, and worked on natural resource governance and taxation, among other areas. This included serving as part of the Secretariat to the High-Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa. He has also worked in several other roles as a public policy economist. He has over 40 publications on economic policy analysis, with many focusing on taxation and illicit financial flows.
William served on the technical advisory board for the BEPS in Mining program for 18 months before being named chair.
Sophie Donszelmann joined ICMM in March 2021 as a Senior Programme Officer. She is responsible for ICMM’s mineral resource governance and transparency work, including the organization’s relationship with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). She also contributes to ICMM projects enhancing mining’s economic contribution to local communities and engaging investors.
An Argentine national, Isaác Gonzalo Arias Esteban joined the CIAT Secretariat in 2008 as a specialist in the Tax Research Management Office and is currently director of International Cooperation and Taxation in the same organization. From 1998 to 2008, he held different positions in various areas of the Federal Administration of Public Revenues of Argentina. He is a public accountant with a master’s degree in finance management granted through a joint program of Universidad de El Salvador in Argentina and the State University of New York. He has participated in many international activities promoted by CIAT, OECD, IDB, IMF, GIZ, World Bank, ITD, ITC and others.
Abdelaâli Lefdaoui is the Director of Mines and Hydrocarbons at the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development. His previous position was Head of the Mining Activities division, which is responsible for the mining and phosphating industry, labour inspection, and management of mining heritage.
As a member of the Council for Occupational Medicine and the Prevention of Occupational Risks since 2005, he has contributed to the development of the national policy and program for occupational health and safety, following Morocco’s ratification of ILO Convention No. 187.
Abdelaâli is a state mining engineer specializing in land and subsoil development, exploration, and protection.
Dione Macedo has vast experience in the geoscience, social, and environmental fields, particularly in research, mapping, and prospecting for gold and in artisanal and small-scale mining in Brazil. She joined the Department of Geology, Mining and Mineral Processing of the Ministry of Mines and Energy in 2007 and is currently General Coordinator and Substitute Director of Sustainable Development in Mining.
Dione has been engaged in various aspects of mining, such as policy formulation, performing technical tasks, and cooperating with foreign agencies on mining-related issues. She also participates in some teaching activities on sustainable development and mining and has carried out studies on certification schemes in mining. She holds positions in various social and environmental sustainability forums, including Brazil’s National Council of the Environment.
Dione holds a bachelor’s degree in geology, a master’s degree in mining and territorial ordering, and a doctorate in strategies for mining sustainability from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
Howard Mann is the Founding Chair of the IGF’s BEPS in Mining Program and is the former Senior International Law Advisor at the International Institute for Sustainable Development. His expertise focuses on complex legal matters and the areas of interplay between domestic law, mining investment contracts, and international law on trade and foreign investment.
Daniel Mulé focuses on tax policy, tax administration and corporate tax practices in the oil, gas and mining sectors. He is a co-author of Examining the Crude Details, Oxfam’s recent publication on petroleum cost auditing. Daniel also provides support to work on extractive fiscal issues across Oxfam’s Extractive Industries Global Program, including in the Examining the Crude Details case study countries of Ghana, Kenya and Peru.
Wilson Prichard’s research focuses on the relationship between taxation and citizen demands for improved governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to his role with ICTD, he is an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Department of Political Science and a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies.
Antonia Strachey is FCDO’s international tax policy advisor. She joined FCDO from the UK tax administration (HMRC) where she worked on combating offshore tax evasion. In that role, she engaged in country-level capacity building to help address offshore tax evasion risks. Before joining HMRC, she was seconded to the European Commission where she worked on development effectiveness. In past roles she has worked on sanctions, illicit finance, and soft power. She earned her doctorate at the University of Oxford where she specialized in the history of taxation and public finance in South Asia.
Andrew Viola is a Senior Advisor, Taxation of Extractive Industries in the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, Tax Treaty, Transfer Pricing and Financial Transactions Division at the OECD.
Prior to joining the OECD, he worked for the Australian Taxation Office for over 10 years specializing in international taxation. His primary role focused on assessing transfer pricing risks related to the energy and resources sector, related party financing, and marketing hubs.